Talk about suffering for your art! It's bloody cold here in North Yorkshire, especially up on the open fells, posing for photos in your shirt-sleeves because you didn't bring your winter-coat.
Ian and I spent the day looking for new locations to record in. It was a productive day despite the cold. First stop was by a Ribblehead Viaduct - we crouched in a small trench to keep out of the worst of the howling wind. We got some stills and recorded an older song called "Thinking Time" - you can still hear the wind and clicks from the camera but the recording is usable. The second location didn't allow us the luxury of quiet surroundings - I sang another song from my archives called "The River", with a backdrop of a a raging series of waterfalls at Stainforth Force. The sound was deafening - white noise turned up full volume. Very dramatic location - of course it's not possible to sing above the noise, but we expected that. Our plan, and the following challenge, is to re-record the song in a quieter setting and do some over-dubbing.
Session number 3 took us to another waterfall location at Scaleber Force, and a song called "The Sun Shines Bright After Rain". Again, the noise from the falling water overpowered the singing and playing, but it's only part of this video-making process. And then on to location number 4 by the village of Austwick - A dramatic and curious landscape of limestone pavements. We had a 20 minute climb to get to the summit - by this time the sun was out, and coupled with the exertion from the climb I was warmer than I'd been all day. We recorded a song called "Anyway" with more harmonies from the wind, so that's going to mean overdubbing too.
Our last session of the day came in the evening as the sun began to set. The location was the nearby open moorland at Tathan Fells and a big rock called "The Great Stone Of Four Stones" (locally called simply "The Big Stone") standing alone and impressive in the middle of the marsh. My song for this was from the album: "This Sunrise" (!!!). I've rarely felt so wind-blown in my life. And icy cold up on that stone, singing and wailing to the risen moon and the distant horizon. Windblown, tired, freezing . . . but feeling good. This is a unique way to see the tourist attractions, but it's fun. Thursday is a day for staying inside and working on the overdubbing . . and when that's done I'll have another 6 song-videos to upload to YouTube - so STAY TUNED!
Here's some stills from the day. . . .